The core concept of Pre5G is to use in advance certain key 5G technologies in 4G networks and make them compatible with existing 4G commercial terminals, so that users can enjoy 5G-like experience before the formal 5G commercialization. Taking into account the LTE evolution, Pre5G also incorporates LTE-A Pro related technologies defined by 3GPP. Therefore, Pre5G is a technical solution portfolio that connects 4G and 5G.
Time to market, Cost efficiency, Network performance
Time to market: Pre5G attaches importance to seizing market opportunities. It uses in advance some 5G technologies instead of waiting for mature 5G standards and commercialization. Pre5G also provides compatibility with existing 4G terminals, and delivers ahead of schedule future-oriented new services such as virtual reality, HD videos, and IoT, helping operators seize the high-end market.
Cost efficiency: Most of the Pre5G technologies evolve smoothly based on a 4G network without great changes to the network. Moreover, as Pre5G is deployed in high-traffic areas and for high-rate services and high-end user groups, it can obtain high returns on a relatively small investment.
Network performance: Pre5G increases spectral efficiency by six to eight folds, which is close to the ultimate spectral efficiency limit of 5G. This helps operators address the issue of limited spectrum resources. Pre5G also provides low latency and massive access capabilities to support new services as well as cloud-based solutions to build more flexible, open and synergy networks.
Above all, the early commercial use of certain key 5G techniques including Pre5G Massive MIMO enables ZTE to obtain rich commercial experience and measured data from actual network scenarios. This provides valuable real data and new channel models for 3GPP and ITU, and gives the references for future 5G commercial deployment. Pre5G benefits 4G networks and users as well as future 5G networks, serving as the bridge from 4G to 5G.
ZTE carries out in-depth cooperation with global operators in terms of customer demand, scenario study, new business applications, network innovation, and does its best to create the most suitable solutions. Up to now, more than 60 Pre5G networks have been deployed in over 40 countries around the world,including SoftBank, Telefonica, Hutchison, Vimpelcom, Telenor, Singtel, China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom.
Because of excellent performance, in Feb.2016, ZTE was awarded with “2016 MWC Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough” and “Outstanding overall Mobile Technology-The CTO’s Choice”